New Arrivals · Poetry

November 24, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The singing bowl

November 23, 2015
Guite, Malcolm, author.
Norwich : Canterbury Press, [2013]
xv, 124 pages ; 23 cm
Local habitations -- The four loves -- Word and world -- Intimations of mortality -- Clouds of witness -- Three sequences.
Malcolm Guite's second poetry collection includes poems that seek beauty and transfiguration in the everyday; sonnets inspired by Francis and other outstanding saints; poems centered on love, parting and mortality. A further group, 'Word and World', searches for the life of the spirit in the midst of modernity and includes an ode to an iPhone, while others wrestle with the problem of evil and the difficulty of prayer. Throughout, the poet seeks to celebrate the world of which he is made, find heaven in the ordinary and echo a little of its music. --from back cover.


November 19, 2015
Hill, Selima, 1945- author.
Northumberland : Bloodaxe Books, 2015.
111 pages ; 20 cm
Jutland brings together two contrasting poem sequences, "Advice on Wearing Animal Prints," winner of the Michael Marks Poetry Award, and "Sunday Afternoons at the Gravel-Pits."

Emblems of the passing world : poems after photographs by August Sander

November 19, 2015
Kirsch, Adam, 1976- author.
New York : Other Press, [2015]
xii,115 pages : portraits ; 20 cm
"August Sander's photographic portraits of ordinary people in Weimar Germany inspire this uncanny new collection of poems by one of America's most celebrated writers and critics. -- Through his portraits of ordinary people--soldiers, housewives, children, peasants, and city dwellers--August Sander, the German photographer whose work chronicled the extreme tensions and transitions of the twentieth century, captured a moment in history whose consequences he himself couldn't have predicted. Using these photographs as a lens, Adam Kirsch's poems connect the legacy of the First World War with the turmoil of the Weimar Republic with moving immediacy and meditative insight, and foreshadow the Nazi era. Kirsch writes both urgently and poignantly about these photographs, creating a unique dialogue of word and image that will speak to all readers interested in history, past and present"-- Jacket.

Poems from the heart : from God thru me

November 18, 2015
Black, Lonnie L., 1940- author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : RPI Graphic Solutions, [2014]
141 pages ; 22 cm.
"A book of poems."

Days of shame & failure

November 17, 2015
Knox, Jennifer L., 1968-
New Jersey : Bloof Books, [2015]
89 pages ; 23 cm

Pop sonnets : Shakespearean spins on your favorite songs

November 16, 2015
Didriksen, Erik, author.
127 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Includes index.
Sonnets of love -- Sonnets of despair -- Songs of time and mortality -- Rogues, rascals, and wanton women -- Ballads of heroes.
"The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in 'Pop Sonnets,' a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets. All your favorite songs are here, including hits by Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, and many others. With stirring sentiments on everything from love and despair to wanton women, 'Pop Sonnets' offers inspirational verse for every occasion."--P. [2] of cover.

Underground rivers

November 16, 2015
Moore, Justin Patrick, author.
Cincinnati, OH : Oneiric Imprint, Sothis Medias, [2015]
LXXIX pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"This cycle of poems emerged from dreams involving sewers, underground rivers, & streams. Words flowed to the surface from deep below the city streets of these seven ancient hills in parallel to a series of visionary journeys into the underworld."--Page [4] of cover.

Syllabus of errors : poems

November 12, 2015
Jollimore, Troy A., 1971- author.
viii, 98 pages ; 24 cm
On birdsong -- On beauty -- On blindness -- When you lift the avocado to your mouth -- Vertigo -- Concluding unscientific postscript.

Songs for Ophelia

November 11, 2015
Goss, Theodora.
xv, 129 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Cover art Virginia Lee.
Songs for Ophelia is a new collection of eighty otherworldly poems which lead the reader, as though under a spell, through the unfolding of the seasons and into the realm of pure magic.

Mistaking each other for ghosts : poems

November 10, 2015
Raab, Lawrence, 1946- author.
North Adams, Massachusetts : Tupelo Press, 2015.
xi, 84 pages ; 23 cm

The world before snow

November 10, 2015
Liardet, Tim, 1949- author.
77 pages ; 22 cm
During a record-breaking blizzard in Boston, two poets met, one American and one English. This meeting marked the beginning of a life-transforming love affair. The story is told in The World Before Snow, a book of passionate extremes, in which he discovers new dimensions in language and form. The poems document some of the ways in which a particular species of love can allow for the rediscovery of identity, as all the fragments of persona previously put forth to the world are stripped away to expose a raw new self.

Insomnia : poems

November 4, 2015
Pastan, Linda, 1932-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
85 pages ; 22 cm

A house in St John's Wood : in search of my parents

November 3, 2015
Spender, Matthew, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
x, 436 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A son's personal exploration of one of the most influential--and troubled--artistic couples of the twentieth century, Stephen Spender and Natasha Litvin"-- Provided by publisher.

A double sorrow : a version of Troilus and Criseyde

October 28, 2015
Greenlaw, Lavinia, 1962- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xv, 217 pages ; 22 cm

Elegy for a broken machine : poems

October 27, 2015
Phillips, Patrick, 1970-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
viii, 66 pages ; 22 cm
"The poet Patrick Phillips joins our list with a stunning collection of elegies that bear witness to the small beauties and inevitable losses of our transient life"-- Provided by publisher.


October 22, 2015
Oliver, Mary, 1935- author.
81 pages ; 22 cm
The Journey. Don't Worry -- Walking to Indian River -- Roses -- Moments -- The World I Live In -- Do the Trees Speak? -- I Am Pleased to Tell You -- Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way -- I Wake Close to Morning -- Meadowlark -- The Wildest Storm -- Cobb Creek -- Nothing Is Too Small Not to Be Wondered About -- Whistling Swans -- Storage -- Humility -- For Tom Shaw S.S.J.E. -- That Tall Distance -- This Morning -- Love. When Did It Happen? -- The First Day -- I Know Someone -- No, I'd Never Been to This Country -- I Did Think, Let's Go About This Slowly -- This and That -- How Do I Love You? -- That Little Beast -- What This Is Not -- Everything That Was Broken -- Except for the Body -- Not Anyone Who Says -- The Pond -- Late Spring -- A House, or a Million Dollars -- I Don't Want to Lose -- I Have Just Said -- The Gift -- Felicity. A Voice from I Don't Know Where -- Acknowledgments -- Note.
"Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems,"

Boy with thorn

October 22, 2015
Laurentiis, Rickey, author.
ix, 89 pages ; 21 cm
In a landscape at once the brutal American South as it is the brutal mind, Boy with Thorn interrogates the genesis of all poetic creation--the imagination itself, questioning what role it plays in both our fascinations with and repulsion from a national history of racial and sexual violence. The personal and political crash into one language here, gothic as it is supple, meditating on visual art and myth, to desire, the practice of lynching and Hurricane Katrina. Always at its center, though, is the poet himself--confessing a double song of pleasure and inevitable pain.

Voyage of the Sable Venus : and other poems

October 22, 2015
Lewis, Robin Coste, author.
x, 142 pages ; 25 cm
Plantation -- On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari -- Mother Church No. 3 -- verga: -- The Wilde Woman of Aiken -- The Mothers -- From: To: -- Beauty's Nest -- Red All Over -- Dog Talk -- Let Me Live in a House by the Side of the Road and Be a Friend to Man -- Summer -- Voyage of the Sable Venus -- Prologue: -- The Ship's Inventory -- Invocation: Blessing the Boat -- Catalog I: Ancient Greece & Ancient Rome -- Catalog 2: Ancient Egypt -- Catalog 3: The Womb of Christianity -- Catalog 4: Medieval Colonial -- Catalog 5: Emancipation & Independence -- Catalog 6: Modern, Civil, Right -- Catalog 7: Modern Post -- Catalog 8: The Present/Our Town -- Notes -- Frame -- Art & Craft -- Lure -- The Body in August -- Second Line -- Pleasure & Understanding -- Felicite
"A stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice. Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems considering the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. The central panel is the title poem, 'Voyage of the Sable Venus,' a riveting narrative made up entirely of titles of artworks from ancient times to the present-titles that feature or in some way comment on the black female figure in Western art. Bracketed by Lewis's autobiographical poems, 'Voyage' is a tender and shocking study of the fragmentary mysteries of stereotype, as it juxtaposes our names for things with what we actually see and know. Offering a new understanding of biography and the self, this collection questions just where, historically, do ideas about the black female figure truly begin-five hundred years ago, five thousand, or even longer? And what role has art played in this ancient, often heinous story? From the 'Young Black Female Carrying / a Perfume Vase' to a 'Little Brown Girl / Girl Standing in a Tree / First Day of Voluntary / School Integration,' this poet adores her culture and the beauty to be found within it. Yet she is also a cultural critic alert to the nuances of race and desire and how they define us all, including herself, as she explores her own sometimes painful history. Lewis's book is a thrilling aesthetic anthem to the complexity of race-a full embrace of its pleasure and horror, in equal parts." from publisher's website

Bright dead things : poems

October 22, 2015
Limón, Ada, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2015.
105 pages ; 22 cm
How to Triumph Like a Girl -- During the Impossible Age of Everyone -- The Last Move -- Mowing -- The Rewilding -- The Good Wave -- Down Here -- How Far Away We Are -- The Quiet Machine -- I Remember the Carrots -- The Tree of Fire -- Someplace Like Montana -- State Bird -- Downhearted -- Miracle Fish -- The Saving Tree -- What It Looks Like to Us and the Words We Use -- Bellow -- What Remains Grows Ravenous -- In a Mexican Restaurant I Recall How Much You Upset Me -- Cower -- Relentless -- The Riveter -- The Vine -- After You Toss Around the Ashes -- The Noisiness of Sleep -- We Are Surprised -- The Long Ride -- Before -- Torn -- Field Bling -- In the Country of Resurrection -- Glow -- The Wild Divine -- Day of Song, Day of Silence -- Oranges & the Ocean -- Play It Again -- Long Ago & the Cow Comes Back -- Accident Report in the Tall, Tall Weeds -- Service -- The Plunge -- The Good Fight -- Drift -- Midnight, Talking About Our Exes -- Nashville After Hours -- Oh Please, Let It Be Lightning -- Adaptation -- Roadside Attractions with the Dogs of America -- Prickly Pear & Fisticuffs -- The Whale & the Waltz Inside of It -- A Trick of the Light -- Tattoo Theory -- The Problem with Travel -- Outside Oklahoma, We See Boston -- The Great Blue Heron of Dunbar Road -- Lies About Sea Creatures -- Call to Post -- Lashed to the Helm, All Stiff and Stark -- Home Fires -- After the Ice Storm -- The Other Wish -- The Conditional
""Bright Dead Things" examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately disorderly, and marvelous, and ours"-- Provided by publisher.

The xenotext. Book 1

October 22, 2015
Bök, Christian, 1966- author.
Toronto : Coach House Books, 2015
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm

Lady Byron & her daughters

October 21, 2015
Markus, Julia, 1939- author.
xvii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part one. On her own ; Letters in love ; The underside of the Moon ; Piccadilly Terrace ; Dearest Duck -- Part two. Denial and isolation; anger? bargaining; depression; acceptance? Great Scott! ; Educating Ada ; Educating England ; The half sisters ; Intermezzo : Lady Byron time-travels on the Brownings' Moon ; Attempting amends at the White Hart ; Enduring motherhood -- Part three. Strange history ; The lost chapter ; Lady Byron and her grandson.
"A startling reevaluation of Lady Byron's marriage and the untold story of her complex life as a single mother and progressive force. Far from a victim or an obstacle to Lord Byron's work, Lady Byron was a rebel against the fashionable snobbery of her class, founding the first Infants School and Co-Operative School in England. A poet and a talented mathematician, Lady Byron supported the education of her precocious daughter, Ada Lovelace, now recognized as a pioneer of computer science, and she saved from death her 'adoptive daughter,' Medora Leigh, the child of Lord Byron's incestuous affair with his sister. Lady Byron was adored by the younger abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe and by many notable friends. Yet her complex relationships with her family, including the sister Byron loved, runs like a live wire through this skillfully told and groundbreaking biography of a remarkable woman who made a life for herself and became a leading light in her century"--Provided by publisher.

Eating the colors of a lineup of words : the early books of Bernadette Mayer

October 21, 2015
Mayer, Bernadette, author.
Barrytown, NY : Station Hill Press, Inc., [2015]
450 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.

Supplication : selected poems of John Wieners

October 20, 2015
Wieners, John, 1934-2002.
Seattle : Wave Books, [2015]
196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Catalog of unabashed gratitude

October 20, 2015
Gay, Ross, 1974- author.
102 pages ; 21 cm.
To the fig tree on 9th and Christian -- Ode to buttoning and unbuttoning my shirt -- Ode to the flute -- Burial -- Patience -- Ode to the Puritan in me -- Feet -- Smear the queer -- To my best friend's big sister -- Armpit -- Spoon -- Weeping -- To the mistake -- Ode to sleeping in my clothes -- Becoming a horse -- Sharing with the ants -- Ending the estrangement -- The opening -- C'mon! -- To the mulberry tree -- Ode to drinking water from my hands -- Wedding poem -- Catalog of unabashed gratitude -- Last will and testament.
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away-- loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it -- that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard.

Eternity's sunrise : the imaginative world of William Blake

October 15, 2015
Damrosch, Leopold, author.
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2015]
ix, 332 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
The working artist -- How should we understand Blake's symbols? -- Innocence -- Experience -- Revolution -- Atoms and visionary insight -- "The gate is open" -- Understanding Blake's myth -- The Zoas and ourselves -- The prophetic call -- Breakthrough to apocalypse -- "The torments of love and jealousy" -- The female will -- Wrestling with God -- The traveler in the evening.
"William Blake, overlooked in his time, remains an enigmatic figure to contemporary readers despite his near canonical status. Out of a wounding sense of alienation and dividedness he created a profoundly original symbolic language, in which words and images unite in a unique interpretation of self and society. He was a counterculture prophet whose art still challenges us to think afresh about almost every aspect of experience - social, political, philosophical, religious, erotic, and aesthetic. He believed that we live in the midst of Eternity here and now, and that if we could open our consciousness to the fullness of being, it would be like experiencing a sunrise that never ends. Following Blake's life from beginning to end, acclaimed biographer Leo Damrosch draws extensively on Blake's poems, his paintings, and his etchings and engravings to offer this generously illustrated account of Blake the man and his vision of our world. The author's goal is to inspire the reader with the passion he has for his subject, achieving the imaginative response that Blake himself sought to excite. The book is an invitation to understanding and enjoyment, an invitation to appreciate Blake's imaginative world and, in so doing, to open the doors of our perception."--provided by publisher.

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